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Children

Musical Instruments as an Oulet

We know how powerful music can be in growth and development, and even as a therapy tool. We use The Listening Program to help train the brain to perform in a desired way during specific environments. Perhaps learning to play a musical instrument will benefit you as creative outlet and therapeutic tool.

If you’re interested in pursuing this creative outlet, we have a great list of resources for you.

This site will help you find online resources for all levels and various instruments: http://bit.ly/2Dxq3dW

You can take this quiz to find out which instrument might be the best fit for you, but don’t be afraid to step outside whatever your answer is. You never know until you try: http://bit.ly/2FXrvnW

If you’re worried about performance anxiety, this link is for you! The Bulletproof Musician has 7 steps to overcome music anxiety. Spoiler alert, it is a lot of mindfulness techniques. http://bit.ly/2DsFo08

January is the International Month of Creativity, why not cross an item off your list and learn something new that will double as a creative outlet.

To learn more about how The Listening Program has helped many work through symptoms that had previously kept them from living their most successful lives, click here.

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9 Family Fun Activities

Although fairer weather may seem like the easier choice for activities to connect with your family, the winter has a lot to offer too. If you can’t get outdoors, we have a great list of family friendly activities for you, to help you and your family connect during these shorter and darker days.

  1. Paint a the snow with water guns that have dyed water.

  2. Cut out paper snowflakes- you can even use tissue paper!

  3. Clear away snow from small areas in the grass and make a twister game or hopscotch in the snow.

  4. Sew or glue the opening of old clothes and stuff with either more clothes that don’t fit, or stuffing materials, and make a snuggle buddy

  5. Blanket forts!

  6. Bingo- Make bingo cards with things of certain shapes or colors inside the house.

  7. Turn off the lights, close the blinds, make popcorn and watch a movie in the living room.

  8. Bundle up and go for a walk. The sun goes down early, it’s like a whole new neighborhood after dark.

  9. Pull out all your leftover craft supplies and make something unique. Bonus points if it is holiday based.

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Surviving the Holidays for Parents

For expectant and new parents, the holidays can take on a new meaning. Watching the joy your children experience is fantastic, but it can also come with some added stress. Below are a few tips to help you keep the HAPPY in your Holidays:

  • Take a look at your expectations. If you are hoping for the holiday season to go perfectly, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, aim for success on a smaller scale.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Children are notoriously cranky on big holidays and can become overwhelmed. This often sets parents up for disappointment. Try spreading out your holiday festivities over the whole season – this will give you and your family a chance to enjoy time together and create memories outside of the pressures of the actual holiday.
  • Create new family traditions. This is your chance to develop holiday traditions that feel right for your family and are based on what you and your children can handle.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Take extra special care of yourself. This means asking for help when needed, indulging in some alone time, and sticking with things that recharge YOUR battery rather than casting them to the side during the holiday season.
  • Change the boundaries if they are not working. Schlepping your family all over town on the holidays just might not work for you anymore. Try to make decisions that are best for you and your immediate family. Pick and choose what obligations are the most important and which can be let go of. Just remember as you change your boundaries family and friends may be resistant.
  • Consider Professional Support

If you feel like you are depressed, anxious, or just not as happy as you would like, consider trying counseling. If needed, getting support for yourself is the best gift you can give to your family. South Bay Wellness is here for you as a service provider or a referral source.

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Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

We have compiled information for bullying prevention and resolution to help you and your child have the healthiest and happiest experiences. Tactics to reduce bullying include mindfulness. The technique has shown to reduce reactive behavior, and also helps all parties involved to develop a greater awareness of their role in bullying. Read on here for more information: https://www.mindful.org/using-mindfulness-to-reduce-bullying/ Using Mindfulness to Reduce Bullying - Mindful www.mindful.org Bakosh and Houlihan hope that the Inner Explorer programs will be implemented in schools in all 50 states within the next year. To date, there are instructors in 111 .. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center indicates the immediate victim of bullying isn’t the only one affected by harassment. Bystanders and witnesses are more likely to use drugs and alcohol. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/facts.asp ...

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How to Keep Your Kids Active All Summer Long

It’s the moment your children (and you) have all been waiting for. Warm weather and summer time! Now that school's out and the sun’s shining, you and your little ones have loads of time to spend together.  So much time, in fact, that you may be nervous about running out of creative, inexpensive activities to do with your children. No need to worry though- we’ve come up with a list of classic, simple past times, that will keep you and your children busy all summer long.   1.Set up a hammock. Lay in it, read in it, cloud watch in it. This outdoor summer setup is perfect for relaxing in with your children. 2.Do yard work together. Get them to pull weeds, and water plants with their very own watering can. 3.Build a fort outside. Drape some sheets over lower tree branches. Eat dinner in the fort, tell stories in the fort, even sleep in the fort! 4.Give your car a wash. Let your little one put the soap on the car, and wash it down. They’ll love playing with the bubbles ...

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101 ways to stay away from electronics

Think your well of family fun activities is running dry? Have no fear! We’ve got you covered…101 102 times.

Just when you thought there weren’t any leisurely activities left that didn’t involve electronics, we’ve found 102 for you! From collecting seashells on the beach, to making snow angels in the snow, this list will keep you and your family active all year long. There are some ideas on this list that involve electronics- we advise you not to engage in these on days when electronics are meant to be forgotten.  

http://www.allprodad.com/articles/more-great-articles/101-weekend-family-activity-ideas/    

TED gives a Talk

What’s better than a TED talk? A TED talk about electronics and its negative impacts on your children of course! Educate yourself and protect your children from becoming impacted by TV’s harmful consequences.

Don’t miss out on what pediatrician and parent, Dimitri Christakis, has to say about, TV and the affect it has on brains…but not just any brains… your children’s!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoT7qH_uVNo

Have No Fear!

With all the talk about children and teenagers having electronic addictions, how can you be so certain that your child isn’t being affected?

Lately you’ve noticed your child on their smart phone more often than usual. Are they addicted?! Should you panic?! Click on the link below and discover the signs and symptoms of addiction, and when you should become concerned.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/parenting-tips/recommended-screen-time-for-children

Show ‘em Who’s Boss

Electronics are becoming so important in children’s lives that parents may feel that electronics run the family more than they do. It doesn’t have to be this way though. It’s a simple battle to win… you just may need to prepare. 

 If you’re aware that electronics are ruling your children’s lives, as well as causing tension in your family, it’s time to make a stand. Some parents may be afraid to do this because they don’t know how to approach the situation. This article gives some basic but helpful suggestions that will get your kids less focused on electronics and more focused on you and the family.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/apologies-freud/201201/why-adolescents-overuse-technology-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

 

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